Following Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Fenerbahce on Thursday night, Paul Scholes admitted that life in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era has been far from enjoyable.
The retired midfielder, who hung up his boots at the end of Fergie’s final campaign at Old Trafford in 2013, told viewers on BT Sport: "I've been depressed for a couple of years now. There are three or four better teams in Premier League."
Scholes doesn’t hold out much hope of his former employers winning the league title over the next couple of seasons and feels United’s chances of winning matches is being significantly hindered at the moment by two players in particular.
Needless to say, Scholes didn’t name his former teammate Wayne Rooney, who has been dreadful this season but did move to within two goals of Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time goalscoring record with a surprise long-range screamer in Turkey.
Unfortunately for the Red Devils, Rooney’s strike proved nothing more than a consolation. A wonder-goal by Moussa Sow and a free-kick by Jeremain Lens sealed all three Europa League points for the hosts.
Scholes: Blind and Rojo are costing United
Scholes believes that with Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo deployed in the centre-back positions, United are left facing an uphill battle in every match they play.
"To win games of football with Blind and Rojo at centre-half they [Manchester United] almost need to score three goals,” Scholes commented, per the Mirror.
"They look like they are going to give goals away all the time. They don't sense danger, they've got no pace, they don't get physical against people.
"It's a worry because at the other end they really do not look like scoring goals."
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Mourinho knew his team were in trouble
Even Jose Mourinho admitted before the match that his team were “in trouble” defensively because of the lack of options in central defence.
Eric Bailly, arguably United’s standout performer this season, is currently sidelined with a knee injury; Chris Smalling has a foot problem while the perennially injured Phil Jones still wasn’t ready for first-team action on Thursday.
Blind and Rojo aren't good enough at centre-back
Although Blind convinced many people of his credentials as a centre-back last season, it’s patently clear the Dutchman isn’t the strongest or quickest of defenders.
In fact, he’s the total opposite of what you’d expect from a centre-half in a Mourinho team.
Rojo, meanwhile, has often looked out of his depth at United since joining the club from Sporting Lisbon in 2014.
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